Guest Blog; Cllr Bernie Ryan: No library closed by Lib Dem Councils

 The elections next week are about who can provide the best local services.

Last year, more than 40 libraries were closed by Conservative and Labour councils. In stark contrast, for the second year in a row, no Liberal Democrat-controlled council in England and Wales closed any library.

Liberal Democrat-controlled Cardiff is opening five new libraries and Portsmouth and Bristol are also opening new libraries.

While Conservatives and Labour councils cut their budgets without regard for the most vulnerable, Liberal Democrat-controlled councils know how to protect essential services.

Libraries are a life-line for local communities, especially for those who are less well off, and give people the opportunity to relax, learn new information and skills or to use the internet if they don’t have it at home.

They are also an opportunity to get young people interested in reading. They should not be cut. Liberal Democrats understand that. Labour and Tories do not.

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